It’s great you have a job to cover your living expenses, but if you are looking for a new job, you don’t have to quit your current position. Prospective employers often prefer to hire someone who is employed than someone who does not have a job and has not worked for some time. While job hunting can be challenging on a full-time work schedule, here are some tips that may help you land the job of your dreams.
Utilize Social Media
Join Linked In, a professional networking website where you can showcase your credentials, look for available positions at various companies, and meet people who can help to guide your job search. You can also use your private Facebook page to inform your followers of the quest for a new position. Follow Twitter accounts of organizations where you would like to work to keep up with their news and hiring announcements.
Attend Business Events
Track local business news and register for workshops or trade shows in your profession where you can make connections to companies and people who may know of available jobs. Meet-and-greets, open houses, and recruitment fairs are other events that may prove fruitful in your job search. Join the chamber of commerce to meet business owners and executives and volunteer your talents in public business events to get acquainted with people who can point you to companies that are hiring.
Work with professional headhunter organizations to find the job you want. They can expertly assess your credentials to set up interviews for jobs that match your skill set. You will likely gain direct access to companies that work exclusively with headhunters or that have dozens if not hundreds of applicants for the same job.
Word of mouth is still believed to be one of the most effective ways of sharing and obtaining business information. Contact colleagues and associates in other companies to see if they know of any upcoming job openings. Ask family members about people they know or companies where they work for information about hiring plans. Former coworkers are often another source of information about possible job leads. Local businesses that may be clients of corporations where you would like to work might be able to inform you of an upcoming job opening.
Take stock of everyone you know who may have information about the job you hope to get. Reach out as well to those you don’t know, like headhunters and local business groups, to learn more about companies that may be hiring in the near future.
Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.